Following more than 40,000 phone calls by 60 staff to deliver negative COVID-19 test results in Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Health Authority has implemented a new system. Now people can receive negative test results by email.
“Offering the negative results by email is a way to increase efficiency with people getting the result and information they need," Brendan Elliott, a spokesman with the health authority, wrote in an email response to questions.
“With it being an automated system, it speeds up the process for everyone involved.”
Elliott said according to public health and infectious disease experts, there is potential for a second and third wave of COVID-19. “We want to be as prepared as possible. Changing and evolving throughout this pandemic response is important as we prepare for what may come next.”
Test Results Thus Far
As of Friday, there were 44,477 negative COVID-19 test results in Nova Scotia, 1,058 positive results and 61 deaths related to COVID-19. Testing for the virus in Nova Scotia began around March 10 when presumed positive samples were sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for confirmation.
On March 22 Nova Scotia’s chief medical...
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